European Union has offered to support Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) in food security through smart agriculture and ending drought emergencies.
The governors led by the council chairman and Mandera Governor Ali Roba met with EU ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue where the leaders briefed him on priority areas of cooperation within the FCDC.
Mordue said key priority areas of cooperation were similar and there was a need to synchronize EU agenda with that of FCDC to achieve maximum benefits for the people.
He said there was a need to align FCDC agenda with the seven year strategic plan of the EU and create a more coordinated joint structure to continue mutual interests and ensure a bottom up approach in planning.
This he noted will also enshrine the spirit of inclusivity and transparency in planning and implementation of projects in these marginalized counties.
Mordue was accompanied by Ms. Myra Bernadi Head of Section Agriculture, Job Creation, and Resilience as well as Alexander Roberoo from the Peace Security and Governance.
Governor Ali Roba said the meeting was an opportunity to strengthen devolution in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASAL) areas.
The meeting was also attended by FCDC vice Chair and Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali and Dhadho Godana of Tana River as well as the FCDC Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Guleid.
EU gives particular support to strengthening devolution structures and processes, addressing drivers of conflict, empowering youth through sustainable livelihoods and e-learning facilities.
Other supported by the union also includes the last mile fibre connectivity for schools, cross border relations on health, security, and trade, and digitalization of land registration processes.
The EU is also one of Kenya’s biggest markets and a major source of private investment in the tourism sector as well.
The Union also supports numerous projects and programmes for refugees and refugee hosting communities through livelihoods, supporting host communities to benefit economically through economic relations with the refugees. The EU also finances sustainable infrastructure projects and rural development in the region, the Marsabit Road being an example the union has undertaken which has been described as a game changer